22nd Annual Battle of Galveston

The camp will muster at 10 AM on Saturday, January 9th at the Trinity Episcopal Cemetery (40th & Broadway) in Galveston for the 22nd Annual Battle of Galveston ceremony. Following the ceremony, reservations have been made at the Original Mexican Restaurant (14th and Market) for lunch (Dutch treat) and a short business meeting. Hope to see everyone on Saturday.

Christmas Brunch

The Sarah Emma Seelye Auxiliary 1 held a Hot Chocolate Christmas Brunch for patients in the Nursing Home Unit at the Michael DeBakey Medical Center in Houston on Saturday, December 12. Assisting the Auxiliary were members of the Lt. Cmdr. Edward Lea, USN, Camp 2. Each veteran was given a beautiful Christmas gift bag filled with much-needed items.

A light brunch of sandwiches, chips, Christmas cookies, candies, hot chocolate and cider was served. The Auxiliary and Camp sang Christmas carols for entertainment, and brothers went around talking and sharing with the veterans. The Auxiliary also recently held their 8th annual Sock and Blanket drive, using the donations for the veterans’ Christmas.

Christmas Brunch
Front Row (left to right): Auxiliary Guard Guide Sister Sue Lenes, Auxiliary Secretary/Treasurer Jana Marsh, SUVCW Department Commander Stevenson Holmes, Auxiliary President Vali Reyes, and Camp Brother Melvin Myers. Back Row (left to right): Auxiliary Chaplain/Patriotic Instructor Betty Hampton, PCC Samuel Hampton, Camp Commander Thomas Coughlin, and Brother Michael Rappe

Wreaths Across America

Members of the Lt. Cmdr. Edward Lea, USN, Camp #2 attended the Wreaths Across America event held at Houston National Cemetery on Saturday, December 12, 2015. Click here to view the complete photo gallery of the event. Wreaths Across America has 1,000 cemeteries in the U.S. and 25 cemeteries overseas that participate in the annual program.

Past Department Commander David LaBrot (right) and Camp Junior Vice Commander Michael Lance (left) lay wreaths at Houston National Cemetery

In spite of the rain, the Houston event was a big success. Over 10 cargo trucks filled with wreaths arrived for volunteers to lay across the graves of fallen soldiers. The number of volunteers continues to grow each year, as does the number of wreaths delivered thanks to generous donations by Houston residents and corporate sponsors.

Members of the Lea Camp have participated in the annual Wreaths Across America program at the Houston National Cemetery for the past 11 years. Houston is second only to Arlington in the number of veterans honored each year with wreaths laid at their final resting places.

Lea Camp was represented by Brothers Tom Eishen, David LaBrot, and Michael Lance. Joining them was Sarah Emma Seeyle Auxiliary Sister Linda LaBrot. Camp Brother John Loper and Karl Falken attended the ceremonies as volunteers with other organizations.

Smithson Headstone


I am pleased to inform you that the Smithson headstone in the Fairview Cemetery in League City has been reset and is properly placed back in its place over the grave of our Union Civil War Veteran; Wm. Smithson of Company F of the 86th Illinois Infantry Regiment. I have attached a photo of the headstone.

On an interesting note: When I checked the headstone a couple weeks ago I found a second US Flag next to it although the headstone had not been reset yet. Upon further investigation, I found that the second flag had been removed from the headstone from another nearby Union Veteran’s grave: Thomas W. Reeves Co. E of the 1st Alabama Cavalry Regiment. I have also attached a photo of the Reeves Headstone.

I believe that it was removed from the Reeves Headstone by someone that believes that the 1st Alabama Cavalry was a Confederate Cavalry Regiment. There are numerous Confederate Veterans buried in this cemetery also.

When I checked the U.S. Parks Service Civil War Database, I found that the 1st Alabama Cavalry Regiment was indeed a Union Cavalry Regiment and that Private Thomas W. Reeves was indeed on the roster in Company E. Someone mistakenly removed the U.S. Flag from his headstone thinking that he was a Confederate Veteran in the 1st Alabama Cavalry Regiment which they believe was a Confederate Cavalry Regiment although the headstone is clearly a Union Veteran Headstone.

On another interesting note: While I was taking the pictures of the headstones, Norma found a most interesting headstone. It is the headstone of the widow of  Col. James Huston of the 82nd New York Vol. We were unable to find Col. Huston’s headstone in the cemetery but thought it was quite interesting that his widow was buried here. I have also attached a photo of her headstone. When we got home I checked the Park Service’s Database, and did indeed found Col. James Huston in Company E of the 82nd New York Infantry Regiment. He was mustered into the unit as a Captain and was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. With further research I found that he was killed in action at the battle of Gettysburg on July 2, 1863.

Respectfully submitted and Yours always in Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty,

Bill Pollard

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Our latest newsletter June 2015